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April 28, 2008
3D Goes Mobile with 3Dconnexion’s SpaceNavigator for Notebooks
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Industry News

3D Goes Mobile with 3Dconnexion’s SpaceNavigator for Notebooks

by Susan Smith


3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, has carved out a niche for itself by offering a 3D mouse product that allows users to navigate through 3D workspaces with ease of movement and control. Newly introduced is the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks, a mighty little 3D mouse designed expressly for mobile professionals and enthusiasts who need to be able to access 3D on the go.


3Dconnexion is always differentiating its product line to the point of providing a one-of-a-kind solution.


“No matter what type of user you are, whether you are a student or professional designer, you can find something in this product line that relates to you and your needs,” said Ziva Nissan, 3Dconnexion’s director of product marketing.


SpaceNavigator is their entry level product priced at $59, an affordable alternative that gives the user the ability to navigate through 3D space with more control than they can with a regular mouse. SpaceNavigator for Notebooks encompasses the same benefits as SpaceNavigator but with a “new cap design for more immersive and natural interactions with 3D applications,” according to the press release.

Robustly designed, the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks is durable enough to withstand the rigors of travel, has its own case and slips easily into a laptop bag. Smaller than the SpaceNavigator, the device is easy to use anywhere in the world.


In 3Dconnexion’s view, each person should have the chance to experience 3D at its optimal performance. “I don’t want to zoom one point at a time with a mouse, or pan and be locked into that motion,” Nissan pointed out. “I want to fly myself through an application so that if I’m looking at an object, I want to have the feeling like I’m holding it in my hand. That’s what my devices offer. So now we have a product line that gives all that great navigation and with all the great design features.” Their SpacePilot has an LCD that allows you to see multiple functions being executed and listed.


The company’s goal is to build on their product line and continue to give the same feature set and differentiating products to different types of customers. In the past year, 3Dconnexion has partnered with a number of different application vendors such as ESRI, Google Earth, Virtual Earth, NASA World Wind, and on AEC side: Archicad and Allplan. 3Dconnexion plans to extend new types of applications into brand new markets that have the ability to promote great navigation.


3Dconnexion products offer navigation in “one fluid motion,” and the ability to work with both hands. “A lot of professionals are looking for something that is more efficient, focusing on design rather than tools they’re using,” said Nissan. “Work can always have a certain sense of fun when working in 3D.”


SpaceNavigator for Notebooks trades on its portability, as people often carry their work with them these days. Nissan said 62% of the Mac market is notebook, and Windows is catching up. Although the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks weighs 280 grams (.51 lbs.) it has some heft to account for the fact that you must pull up on the cap. Unlike a mouse that you move around, the device has to adhere to the desk or another surface. SpaceNavigator for Notebooks has half the weight and half the footprint of the entry level SpaceNavigator.


The device can be used on an airline, placed on the empty portion of a laptop, right next to the touchpad. It doesn’t add a lot of weight to your laptop. The new cap design allows you to lift, press and turn the control cap to move through 3D space and zoom and rotate the view with easy control. The cap is contoured so that you can always tell what the correct orientation is as it sits on your desk.


A year ago, Nissan said the Mac community embraced a demo of the driver for the notebook device and said they wanted it for SpaceNavigator so 3Dconnexion built the driver. This year at MacWorld, 3Dconnexion sold 300 devices very quickly. Traditionally, the Mac community has not had as much 3D support as the Windows community, however, Nissan, said it is moving more toward 3D.


The MSRP for the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks is $129.00, a 35% decrease from SpaceTraveler, their popular mobile 3D mouse product that will be discontinued. The new device has a two year warranty, and will be available from major online resellers such as CDW, Amazon and Apple.com


Nissan said they expect to build products for every type of user, and will build on top of SpaceNavigator, SpacePilot, and SpaceExplorer what their customers want.


Top News of the Week


PropertyMaps.com announced a new partnership with Digital Map Products that allows buyers, sellers, investors and real estate professionals to see the actual boundaries of more than 80 million land parcels.


PropertyMaps.com is a user-friendly, one-stop-shop Web site that allows consumers to quickly search the actual Multiple Listing Service (MLS) databases used by Realtors® nationwide by using popular mapping tools such as Google Maps, Google Earth, and Microsoft Virtual Earth.


Software developer Global Maps Inc. from Kibbutz Givat Haim Ihud in Israel, has announced the launching of the new version of OpenLM for ESRI ArcGIS software.


The software is available for download and evaluation at the OpenLM web site.

OpenLM for ESRI ArcGIS is designed to improve the use of the popular ESRI Desktop ArcGIS family of products: ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo. OpenLM offers a dramatic improvement in the availability of software licenses to end users and has a significant influence on users productivity. OpenLM also provide a very cost effective replacement of FLEXnet and SAMreport.


The main focus of OpenLM version 1.5.0 is to provide support for organizations who work with multiple servers in various timezones.


Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances


DigitalGlobe, provider of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced that it has chosen Boeing Launch Services for the launch of WorldView-2, DigitalGlobe's third remote-sensing satellite. WorldView-2 will offer the industry's highest collection capacity, more frequent refresh and revisit rates, more spectral information and greater imaging agility. WorldView-2, a next-generation system being built independent of a U.S. Government contract, is currently scheduled to launch in mid-2009.


DigitalGlobe also announced that it has joined Autodesk's data initiative. DigitalGlobe's participation in the initiative will give Autodesk customers quick, easy and affordable access to highly-accurate world imagery solutions. Autodesk's new data initiative portal offers customers access to DigitalGlobe's online library of world imagery directly with AutoCAD Map 3D software, for meeting the growing market demand for enhanced imagery in utility, telecommunications, and AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) applications. By working together, Autodesk and DigitalGlobe give users quick access to premium geospatial information at cost efficient
pricing models across an enterprise.


iLOOKABOUT Corp. announced that it has completed the development of the software application to integrate Teranet's Ontario Parcel Data with iLOOKABOUT's StreetScape image data base, as required under their five-year master services agreement which was signed in December 2007. The agreement also licenses the use of iLOOKABOUT's visual data, viewers, and software required to access its image database to Teranet and its customers. Compensation terms are based on royalty payments, but no other financial details were disclosed.


A new alliance between Carlson Software Inc. and HydroCAD Software Solutions, LLC, was revealed at the Carlson Silver Anniversary User Conference, held April 14 and 15 in Lexington, Ky. HydroCAD is a Computer Aided Design tool used by civil engineers for modeling stormwater runoff.


East View Cartographic announced its acquisition of RMIB Geosciences out of The Netherlands. Below we also share a sampling of map and data acquisitions made in the past 30 days.


RMIB Geosciences was a global distributor of scientific maps and related publications, specializing in the difficult-to-acquire cartographic publications of Asia, Africa and Latin America. During its impressive history, RMIB Geosciences (earlier Rudolf Muller International Booksellers) was the first company to bring to market topographic maps of Indonesia, East Timor, Rwanda, and other exotic locations. RMIB reliably served hundreds of libraries and organizations in Europe and beyond, and EVC looks forward to continuing this service tradition with an even wider range of print and digital maps from countries all over the world.


Announcements


The application deadline for URISA’s prestigious Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards is rapidly approaching. Submissions must be received by May 12, 2008 to be considered. The awards recognize exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. Applications may be submitted in two categories, Single Process and Enterprise Systems.


Applications must be submitted by May 12, 2008. Winners in each category will be recognized at URISA's 46th Annual Conference, October 7-10, 2008 in New Orleans. For more information or to review last year's winning submissions, visit the
website or call (847) 824-6300.


ERDAS announces a new series of free webinars, beginning Thursday, April 24 at 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT (GMT -4). The first webinar will highlight the new features included in ERDAS IMAGINE® 9.2.


Recently released, ERDAS IMAGINE 9.2 is the industry’s leading and most complete collection of software tools designed to manipulate, process and understand imagery.

Each month, ERDAS will offer two different webinar topics. To meet the needs of ERDAS’ global audience, each webinar will be hosted at 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT on the scheduled day. Each webinar will feature an ERDAS solution, addressing user needs while also showcasing key features.


Below is a schedule outlining the next three ERDAS webinars:

April 24 – What’s New in ERDAS IMAGINE

May 8 – Rapidly Connect and Share Your World

May 22 – Fast! Catalog and Deliver Terabytes of Imagery

To register for this ERDAS webinar, or find out more about other upcoming webinars, please visit:
ERDAS website


The British Cartographic Society has announced the dates and location for its Annual Symposium. Under the banner of Mapping 2008: Making the Most of Maps, the residential conference will take place from the 03 to the 06 September, inclusive, at the Harben House Conference facility in Newport Pagnell, UK. This annual event, which has been held every year since 1963, was last year given a total revamp offering delegates a new format and content including a wide choice of topical presentations together with a program of interactive workshops.


Financials


NAVTEQ Corporation, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, will release its first quarter financial results after market close on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. In lieu of a conference call, management will provide a PowerPoint document containing supplementary information, which will be available at investor.navteq.com.


Contracts


Trimble
announced that Openreach, the local network division of BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries, has extended its Mobile Resource Management (MRM) contract with Trimble for an additional three years.


With the three year contract extension, Openreach will continue to use Trimble's Taskforce automated scheduling and route optimization solution to manage more than 20,000 of its mobile engineering workforce, helping to improve customer service and reduce operational costs.


Astrium has been appointed by ESA to be the prime contractor to build Sentinel-2, the first optical satellite in the Sentinel series. The main industrial contract worth €195 million was signed by Volker Liebig, ESA´s Director of Earth observation, Evert Dudok, CEO Astrium Satellites and Uwe Minne, Astrium´s Director of Earth Observation and Science in Friedrichshafen (Germany).


Timmons Group, a leader in ESRI ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Mobile Applications Development, announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has contracted with them to develop ArcGIS Mobile solutions for Environmental and Transportation business needs. VDOT, as part of their planning, construction and maintenance process, must carefully track their wetland remediation sites to ensure compliance with the appropriate state and federal regulations. The ArcGIS Mobile Solutions will enable VDOT’s mobile workforce to be more productive and collect more accurate and timely information to support VDOT’s mission. Timmons Group will be expanding
the number of applications to include HAZMAT, Cultural and Natural Resources, and Noise features in the near future. The ArcGIS Mobile solution includes workflows to support field data capture by VDOT Environmental staff and will leverage ArcGIS Server Replication to their Enterprise GIS database.


Awards


ESRI recognized Enspiria Solutions with the 2008 Business Partner of the Year award, during the recent ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference, for outstanding achievement over the past year in the areas of solution development, services and sales, and the fostering of ESRI technology into key markets.


People


IDV Solutions, LLC, a visual composite applications software company, announced that Ian Clemens, Chief Technology Officer for IDV Solutions, will be speaking along with Ceri Carlill, Technology Director at BP, on Tuesday April 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM PST at the Location Intelligence Conference in Santa Clara, California. Mr. Clemens and Mr. Carlill will be presenting “Location Intelligence for the Enterprise.”


New Products


Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. (GTG), a GIS solutions provider, is pleased to announce the release of GeoBlade AVL. GeoBlade AVL is part of a family of “blades” incorporated into the GeoBlade toolset. Blades are additional functionalities to the core viewer, specific to an agency’s departmental needs.


Urban Mapping, Inc., the provider of location-rich content for interactive applications, announced general availability of GeoMods, a geotargeting technology platform and publisher solution focused on local search. Leveraging Urban Mapping's expertise in geodata collection, GeoMods leverages search queries to deliver more geographically relevant results for users. As a result, search marketers, publishers and advertisers can utilize the Urban Mapping GeoMods platform to dramatically increase the effectiveness of online advertising through paid search and search engine optimization (SEO).


Wallingford Software announced the release of InfoNet v 9.0, the latest version of its asset management software solution for the water and wastewater industries. Analysis of water network data and integration of network data with other corporate systems dominate a long list of new and enhanced features.


InfoNet’s strengths in water network data integration and analysis has led many water utility departments to embrace the solution, including Asset Planning, Asset Performance and Control, Operations and Engineering departments.


ERDAS announces the release of ERDAS TITAN Web Cache Servers, adding performance to data sharing within ERDAS TITAN 2008. Recently released, ERDAS TITAN is a dynamic online solution that allows users and communities to share geospatial data, web services and location-based content internally and externally to an organization, and to a variety of client applications.


When implemented, Web Cache Servers enhance the performance of an ERDAS TITAN GeoHub. A Web Cache Server scales as a function of data volume and users, and supports large numbers of users over a broad geography.


LeadDog Consulting, a leading international provider of premium street and road maps announced the release of a major roads and highways geographic database for Kazakhstan.


LeadDog maps are in use in a wide range of applications from military and government emergency and defense support to commercial fleet management and location based services. LeadDog products provide accurate base level mapping and numerous vector layers and attributes such as:


- Major roads and freeways at 1:250,000 scale

- Secondary roads

- Political division and borders

- Rail-Road system

- Rivers and Lakes

- Airports

- Thousands of towns, cities and "points of interest"


Letters


AB 1978 Dropped!


Dear Colleagues,


I have received word that Assemblymember Solorio has "dropped" AB 1978 from consideration by the Government Organization committee, which effectively kills the bill. His office said that due to "new developments" on the bill, Solorio "has decided to not push it forward," so "it's not going to go anywhere."


This does not mean that the backers of this attempt to limit and confuse the public's right to its governments' data (as guaranteed by the California Public Records Act) would not try to advance their objectives through other means. So, we will stay vigilant, and hope that you will remain responsive, if the need again arises.


Many thanks to those who sent a letter to Asm. Solorio's office expressing opposition to the bill. Undoubtedly, this influenced his decision to withdraw. Thanks, also, to those professional organizations that are in the process of preparing a statement of opposition. Please remain responsive and vigilant.


Grateful appreciation is due to the GIS press (especially, Directions Magazine, GIS Cafe, GeoSpatial Solutions, POB Magazine, GeoPlace, and GIS Monitor) and the mainstream press (Orange County Register and S.F.Bay Guardian) for informing our community about this important issue.


Enjoy the sunshine, and stay alert!

Bruce Joffe

Open Data Consortium

GIS Consultants


Re: Are Mashups Disruptive Technologies, Consumer Toys or Enterprise Tools?                                                    

    GISWeekly, March 24, 2008


I think it is way too early in the game to make the assertion that mashups are disruptive technologies. They may be now, but as functionality increases, and the ability to do real spatial analysis is democratized, what may result is overall lower costs for base data (essentially free) in relation to product output. The real issue I would have is how secure your data is in an open environment through a 3rd party data provider whose only purpose in existence is to deal in data acquisition using free tools and the internet. If that issue is addressed, I think mashups have a bright future.


-Anonymous reader


Around the Web


Geospatial data to go online with BSDI launch, by Lyna Mohamed, April 20, 2008, Borneo Bulletin -- The Brunei Spatial Data Infrastructure (BSDI) is the technology, standards, access system and protocols necessary to harmonise all of the Sultanate's geospatial databases and make them available on the internet.


Upcoming Events


Date: April 27 - 30, 2008
Place: The Drake Hotel

Chicago, IL USA
The ESRI Business GIS Summit is the leading forum for collaboration and networking with other users of business-focused GIS solutions. Business professionals from banking, health care, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, media, real estate, retail, utilities, and related industries are encouraged to attend.

 

Date: April 28 - 30, 2008
Place: Santa Clara Hyatt Regenc

Santa Clara, CA USA
Location Technology 2008 will focus exclusively on enabling technologies: Those hardware, software and data technologies that support and enhance the development, application and diffusion of core geospatial implementations to significantly improve performance and productivity.

 

Date: April 28 - May 2, 2008
Place: Portland,

OR USA
Join ASPRS: The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, April 28 to May 2, 2008, in Portland, Oregon for the ASPRS 2008 Annual Conference. The conference theme "Bridging the Horizons - New Frontiers in Geospatial collaboration" will offer an outstanding program of general and technical sessions looking to the future of the geospatial industry.

 

Date: April 29 - May 1, 2008
Place: PHOENIX, AZ USA

This 3 day ESRI class delves deeper into ArcGIS functionality and the geodatabase.  Students work on designing and creating a new geodatabase from the ground up and learn about geodatabase functionality along the way: annotation, topology, domains, subtypes, converting shapefiles and CAD data into the geodatabase, georeferencing raster data, and more.  Other topics include advanced cartographic tools, labeling, geocoding, digitizing, and spatial analysis.  It's a lot of bang for your buck!

Time: 8:30 - 4:30 each day

Price: $1,195 per person; $950 per person when 2+ from the same organization register.

 

Date: May 4 - 7, 2008
Place: Dearborn Inn

Dearborn, MI USA
Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic Information Networks (IMAGIN, Inc) in partnership with the Michigan Association of Planning, announces the 2008 May Annual Conference in Dearborn, Michigan. Share your expertise, enhance your professional development, and network with those leveraging geospatial applications and technologies with professionals across the Great Lake State and Region. This year’s conference will feature speakers and professional presentations featuring how GIS applications will strengthen our economic future. Additional topic areas will include server based applications, community
planning/economic development, asset management, funding partnerships, real-estate valuation analysis, and an exhibitor presentations spotlighting the latest, innovative geospatial applications.
 Substantial discounts for early Conference registration are available online along with exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at 




 

Date: May 5 - 7, 2008
Place: Seattle Center

Seattle, WA USA
The 2008 Washington State GIS Conference, "Integrating GIS Into the Enterprise” will be held Monday through Wednesday, May 5-7 in the Northwest Rooms at Seattle Center. WAURISA - the Washington State Chapter of the Urban  & Regional Information Systems Association – is finalizing a program that includes a day of educational workshops, access to leading GIS vendors, and two days of informative speakers from all corners of the State. The  conference is designed to help you learn from your colleagues, network with your peers, and build a solid GIS foundation for your career, your company, or your agency.

 

Date: May 12 - 14, 2008
Place: Burlingame, CA USA
Where 2.0 brings together the people, projects, and issues building the new technological foundations and creating value in the location industry. Join with other developers, technologists, CTOs, researchers, geographers, academics, business developers, and entrepreneurs to debate and discuss what's viable now, and what's lurking just below the radar.

 

Date: May 14, 2008
Place: Headquarters NGA

Bethesda, MD USA
Come see how NGA’s products and services are uniting the intelligence, defense, and homeland security communities through an integrated GIS architecture for web-based dissemination, analysis, and visualization. NGA’s solutions include real-time common operational pictures of information used to describe, assess, and depict physical features and geographically referenced activities.

 

Date: May 15, 2008
Place: Sheraton Premiere

Tysons Corner, Vienna, VA USA
This unique annual event, produced in cooperation with NGA, provides an exclusive opportunity to truly examine next-generation technology offerings for those who have a mission focus of utilizing geospatial intelligence to solve national and global security challenges. TECH DAYS also lends itself to be a great venue to network in a low-key environment among an intimate tradeshow floor and yet not have to compete with keynote speakers or other agendas.

 

Date: May 15 - 16, 2008
Place: TUCSON, AZ USA

This 2 day class from ESRI covers the basics of ArcGIS 9.2 software.  You will learn about spatial data formats (shapefiles, coverages, rasters, geodatabases, CAD, etc.), working with tables, making maps, working with selections, coordinate systems, and editing spatial data. 

Time: 8:30 – 4:30 each day

Price: $795 per person; $645 per person when 2+ from the same organization register.

 

Date: May 21 - 23, 2008
Place: The Rio

Las Vegas, NV USA
MapWorld 08 lights up Las Vegas with cutting edge ideas for exploiting business data. See the newest tools to share location intelligence across your organization. Learn proven strategies to increase profitability. And experience it all in America’s top vacation destination.

 



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